Cash Usability 15 Sep 2005
57 comments Latest by Thomas
I’m currently organizing my first trip to the US this October, and it suddenly occurred to me — I’m going to have to swap all my pretty colored Australian currency (each denomination is a different color) for America’s “you can have it any color, as long as it’s green” notes.
The thing I really like about the Australian notes is that I can easily figure out how much cash I’ve got with a really quick glance into my wallet — right now I have one yellow, two red, a blue and two of those pink/purple ones. The colors are instantly recognizable, long before I’ve read the numbers or recognized the face of Banjo Paterson.
I have a feeling I’ll be peering into my wallet a lot more in October as I try to find the right note and figure out if I’m broke or rolling in it.
The Australian notes also have a bunch of security features like the see-through window and raised printing which give them a very distinct look and feel. Is there any talk of the US notes getting an overhaul? Who would you love to see design them?